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Packed House

Laura Mumford Photography

Last Saturday was our 5th annual Winter Dance Faktry Festival held at our home base in The Met in Abertillery.

64 community dancers, 10 professional dancers, 2 photographers, 6 volunteers and 3 technicians brought together a showcase performance that ranged from professional dance pieces to works in progress that have been made during community projects over the past term.

We were joined by professional dance companies Ceyda Tanc Dance and Exim Dance, together with our youth groups from the community.

I am delighted to say that we played to a packed house, full not only of excited and supportive parents and friends but also the general public who wanted to come and share our work.  The comments and feedback that we have received have been overwhelming with many congratulations on our achievements.

The Festival has grown and developed over the years and each year sees us making new friends and links and truly is a great celebration of our work and commitment to providing opportunities for young dancers and choreographers to stage their work with professional guidance and support.

Easter Dance Faktry Festival 2013 will be our next venture, we look forward to seeing you all again

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As part of our continuing commitment to new dance in Wales, our education and outreach unit, the dance faktry, recently underwent a youth project with Taikabox.

Our senior youth dancers, Abertillery Youth Dance Company, worked with Tanja Raman of Taixabox, to make a piece of work to include in the show Beyond The Body.

The show was presented at The Met in Abertillery on November 20th 2012.  The young dancers opened the second half of the show with a piece of work created by Tanja, which was threaded into the show as a whole.

The 9 young dancers gained a lot from working with live musicians and were very excited to be performing in a professional dance show for the second time in just 4 days, as they had also performed a work created for them by FFIN DANCE director Sue Lewis just days before in the FFIN DANCE Winter Dance Faktry Festival

It is opportunities like this that stay with a young dancer for life, with your support, we can continue to develop new and emerging dance talent in our communities.


Back at Base Camp

FFIN DANCE workshops

What a week it’s been!

After an amazing time at DanceLive 2012 in Aberdeen on Monday and Tuesday, we returned to a bitterly cold Wales, leaving behind a mild sunny Scotland.  As Aberdeen photographer Laura Mumby said we stole the sunshine, as it’s since been snowing there.

Following our successful show at The Lemon Tree, it was straight back to the office for me to put the final plans together for our half term holiday dance clubs next week.  On Friday, our youth volunteers company, New Ground, began work with children in Six Bells, Abertillery.  Volunteers Olivia Davies, Jessica Williams, Cariad Williams and Gemma Aubrey worked with the children creating together a new piece to show at the Winter Dance Faktry Festival in November.

I also got a chance to chat with the choreographers who will be presenting work with their companies at the Festival: Ceyda Tanc Dance and Exim Dance.  More about that soon.

Please follow my blogs next week as we work with children in the community of Abertillery, providing free dance classes during the school half term holiday.
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Half Term Holiday Dance Club

Half Term Holiday Dance Club 2011

Thanks to funding made possible by the Archbishop of Wales Children’s Fund, FFIN DANCE is able to provide free dance classes to local children aged 7+
Company dancers Adam Murphy and Megan Griffiths will work with the young people, teaching them class each day and creating a new dance which will be performed at the FFIN DANCE Winter Dance Festival in Abertillery on November 17th

The holiday dance clubs take place on October 30th, November 1st and 2nd at Ebenezer Chapel in Abertillery, from 10am -2pm each day

Applications for the dance club will need to be made by contacting FFIN DANCE at the FFIN DANCE Offices, C/O The Met, Mitre Street, Abertillery NP13 1AL